August 16, 2007
A lightning storm caused downed power lines and struck homes and trees in Albemarle and the surrounding Counties on Thursday.
Newsplex crews rushed to the scene of two homes hit by lightning, in both cases lightning struck the chimney of the houses.
There were people inside both homes, they were uninjured.
"With a storm like this the call volume has been overwhelming we've had multiple calls, multiple trees in the structures, two possible structure fires and trees and power lines down all over the place", said
Chief Mike Dickerson of the Stanardsville Volunteer Fire Department.
Another home had a massive tree that crashed into the roof, a huge branch tore a hole through the ceiling.
Officers heavily patrolled the roads around the County, some of which had to be partially blocked because of fallen trees and debris.
Dominon Power is expecting up to 4,000 homes to be without power until they can fix downed power lines.